Cultural Significance

Through its complex history and wide range of views on the dance, the Quadrille has come to be recognised as an extremely valuable constituent of the diverse and rich culture of the Caribbean. Its link to the colonial past tainted its perception understandably and although unique in its creole form it cannot be removed from its European roots. The 20th century’s drive to modernise and globalise has had its own impact on the perception of the dance especially by younger generations and in the diaspora in particular. In London, the dance is seen both as a means of preserving and disseminating St Lucian and Jamaican culture, but also as a means of coming together as a group of people and sharing the benefits this social dance develops.